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Skinny friends may be bad for your diet

September 30, 2009 12:16:31 AM PDT
New research out of Canada suggests that people often mimic a friend who overindulges, especially if that friend is skinny. The study conducted by the University of British Columbia involved 210 female college students who watched a movie with another woman who was actually an undercover researcher.

According to Reuters, the students followed the lead of a thin friend with a large appetite when spending down time together. Researchers conclude that a skinny friend binging on food gave the participants permission to indulge themselves as well.

But, researchers also found that the study participants exercised more restraint when snacking with a heavier companion who overate.

The study says a part of our eating habits are determined by social pressure.

The findings are published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

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